consider black rock for the side of the house (between patio and back yard)
For the garden
ideas for small side yards - Google Search
Bare side yard becomes area for childs swing on arbor and easy clean up dog potty area in the gravel. - Gretchen Bauer Design
Dream Home - Yard
I nominate "side yards" as some of the most under-exploited areas in the landscape! What a shame, especially when every square foot of real estate is valuable, even in a down …
Outdoor Screens for Yards - Bing Images
Zero lot lines. VERY narrow spaces between houses. You could build a pergola from your house – reaching almost to the brick wall. This would leave space for a bed where you could plant vines and box.
Patios, Gardens, and Exteriors
Easy little side yard. Great for those tiny yards you get when you buy a condo. Which is something justin and I are highly considering.
Fantastic design for narrow patio
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free This is what I want on the west side of my house. But it's full sun. Anyone know who these kinds of plants do here in Utah?